Massimo Luciani

A Quantum Murder by Peter F. Hamilton

The novel “A Quantum Murder” by Peter F. Hamilton was published for the first time in 1994. It’s the second of the Greg Mandel trilogy and follows “Mindstar Rising”.

Professor Edward Kitchener is a a double Nobel laureate and is one of the world’s most famous scientists but continues his career as a university teacher as well. In particular, he’s a kind of mentor for students with the highest skills. He’s also known to provide “special lessons” to female students.

When Edward Kitchener is killed in a particularly brutal manner that resembled the modus operandi of a serial killer who’s been locked in a criminal asylum for years, for the English police the case is very hot. Kitchener was also working on a project for Event Horizon and to check the case the company’s owner Julia Evans asks Greg Mandel for his help.

Stephen Baxter in 2005

Stephen Baxter was born on November 13, 1957 in Liverpool, England.

During his career Stephen Baxter has become one of the most important hard science fiction authors with several works in which the scientific and technological elements are crucial in the plots. The exploration of the future of humanity or other universes with alternative stories for Baxter passes for those advances while developing at the same time their consequences.

Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Into the Forest I Go (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Into the Forest I Go” is the 9th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Into the Forest I Go”.

Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is given the explicit order to immediately leave the planet Pahvo but he doesn’t want to leave it to the Klingons and decides to send Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) on the enemy starship for a dangerous mission.

IBM 50-qubit system (Photo courtesy IBM)

IBM has announced the company’s progress in the field of quantum computing. A 20-qubit processor will be available in commercial systems with offerings within its specific IBM Q quantum systems program. Customers will be able to access its services via cloud and develop applications using the QISKit project, an open source development kit to program on quantum computers. IBM also announced the creation of a quantum processor prototype with 50 qubits.

A possible scenario in the Kayenta formation (Image courtesy Mark Witton)

An article published in the journal “Nature Ecology & Evolution” describes a research on the evolution of mammals from nocturnal animals to diurnal ones. A team of researchers co-ordinated by Tel Aviv University (TAU) and University College London (UCL) analyzed information about 2,415 extant mammalian species using computer algorithms to reconstruct their ancestors’ activity patterns, concluding that they started switching to daytime activity after the extinction of dinosaurs.